In the end, all we can say is that it existed. And it had for some time. And, yes, say hi to Grace. She da bomb! Support ur hood.
The Capitol Hill Market is no more. Permanently closed, to be specific.
CHS went searching for more details on the sudden closure of the 12th Ave market but the paper trail is thin. We found nothing with the City of Seattle for a market of that name or any variant. No corporations in the state match up. All we have are anecdotes of a recent change of ownership — and a downturn for the worse.
The addition of knives for sale was one thing. The new porn selection, another. We’re also told that a few managed to walk out of the store with hard liquor in the wake of 1183. Some, we were also told, didn’t make it very far before crashing to the sidewalk.
King County records show the market’s building has been owned by the same family for decades. The current owner is listed as a Hannah Wong. There are no filings with DPD for the property for any kind of work. We’re told the building is for sale.
Its strip of 12th is changing. A project to create a multi-story cohousing building is underway next door. Across the street, this four-story project is moving in. The Capitol Hill Housing 12th Ave Arts project will soon break ground just up the street.
Maybe this is yet another case of a small Capitol Hill business getting squeezed out by rising rents. But it seems just as likely that the market’s business wasn’t that much different than it had been for years. Dingy little bodegas somehow manage to emerge and then hang on. Sometimes it’s knives and porn. Sometimes it’s corn dogs. The Capitol Hill Market is gone. You get the feeling, though, we might be seeing that name again.